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Calxeda gets $55m in funding for ARM server chips

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Tue Oct 09 2012, 13:50
Calxeda prototype ARM server cluster

ARM SERVER CHIP VENDOR Calxeda has secured $55m in additional funding as it makes a big push into the burgeoning ARM server market.

Calxeda has been one of the most vocal proponents of ARM based servers and has managed to sign up HP to support its venture. Now Calxeda announced it has secured $55m in venture capital funding, saying it will use that money to "accelerate adoption and innovation" of ARM based servers.

Barry Evans, CEO of Calxeda said, "This significant infusion of capital will accelerate the exciting trajectory we've been on for the past four years. Businesses require a more efficient solution for the web, cloud, and big data. That is what Calxeda is now delivering and this funding will enable us to go bigger and faster."

Calxeda might be flush with cash after getting $55m but in truth it will need a lot more money if it is to compete with larger, more established ARM chip vendors such as Samsung, Qualcomm and even AMD in the server market. As software vendors such as Red Hat and Microsoft work on fully supported operating systems on the ARM chip architecture, the hardware vendors will all be lining up for a share of a very lucrative pie.

Nevertheless, Calxeda deserves praise for getting its design into HP's Project Moonshot servers within four years of its conception, but it could face stiffer competition in the next four years as other chip vendors wake up to the growing market share ARM based servers are expected to take. µ


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